How to Buy Art Directly from Artists

How to Buy Art Directly from Artists

by Alan Bamberger (

The following recommendations are particularly helpful when looking at or buying art at open studios, art fairs or festivals, art walks or other events where you have an opportunity to view the work of multiple artists in a short period of time. Many of these directives also apply to one-on-one meetings with artists to see their work….

  • …Keep an open mind…You’ll be amazed at the variety of art that’s available. If you approach any buying situation with preconceived notions or ideas of what you want your art to look like, there’s no telling how many wonderful opportunities you’ll miss.
  • These days you can do considerable research online in advance of visiting artist studios in person. For instance, many of the more established open studios, art walks, arts festivals and similar events post information about participating artists on event websites. Visit these sites in advance to see what types of art or which artists appeal to you the most. Most artists show multiple examples of their art online and also provide contact information and links to their websites.
  • Whether online or in person, look at whatever printed materials the artist provides– statements or explanations about their art, resume, bio, price list or related information. Having some idea of the artist’s career accomplishments or what their art is about often helps in the decision-making process on whether or not to buy.
  • If you like a piece of art but don’t quite understand it or have any questions about it at all, ask. Most artists are more than happy to… (click here to view full article)

Some don’ts:

  • Don’t bargain purely just to see how little you can pay. That’s really obnoxious. Buying art is not a sport…
  • Never disparage a work of art just to get the price down, and never tell an artist their art is overpriced (even if it is). Just move on.
  • Don’t be rude, insulting or talk down to artists. Don’t act like you’re doing them a huge favor by buying their art. As previously mentioned, mutually beneficial artist collector relationships can pay big dividends down the road.
  • (Click here to view full article with some more do’s and don’ts)
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